Upcoming Speakers and Events

bagel brunchTuesday, February 26 @ 12-2pm @SLC 2143 Are you thinking of studying abroad? Have you thought about Israel? Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University will be sponsoring a bagel brunch with free bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese! Come, eat bagels and find out more about the many academic opportunities available to you in Israel.

poornomoreTuesday, February 26 @ 6pm @ Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S, Kitchener) There will be a screening of the 2010 film “Poor No More” and a Q&A with executive producer David Langille, a member of the Advisory Board of Canadians for Tax Fairness. This film looks at the situation of working poor in Ontario and the possible solutions demonstrated in Ireland and Sweden. Admission is free.

boardgamesWednesday, February 27 @ 4 – 6:30pm @ GCG 1111 The Great Hall PACS Society invites all PACS students to a Tea and Board Games night, complete with games such as monopoly, Bang!, backgammon, risk, Candyland and more! Come out for a good time and bring your own board games with you if you have something particular you want to play.

Thursday, February 28@ 12:15pm @ CGC 1301 Linda Jones will deliver a Thursday Talk on “Practical Experiences in Economic Justice for Women.” Jones has worked with a number of major agencies as a consultant on in the field of economic justice for women, including the Aga Khan Foundation, Market Development Initiatives, International and Mennonite Economic Development Associates.

Thursday, February 28 @ 5pm @ ENG5 2004 Robert Anderson of the University of Toronto will be speaking on “Why we should care about the widening gap between the rich and the poor” for the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies’ 4th annual James E. Curtis Memorial Lecture.

Friday, March 15 @ 7:30pm @ SJU Siegfried Hall Tariq Ramadan, professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, will deliver a talk entitled “The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East.” Can Muslim countries bring together Islam, pluralism and democracy without betraying their identity? He argues that the Arab world has an historic opportunity to stop blaming the West, to jettison its victim status and to create a truly new dynamic.

Cinema Politica is hosting a number of free documentary screenings for any interested individuals every other Wednesday from 7-9pm in MC 4020. Upcoming screenings are:

JustDoItJust Do It: A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws – A film on climate activism and the daring trouble makers who crossed the line to becoming modern day outlaws. Emily James’ film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest. Screening on March 6.

5brokencameras5 Broken Cameras – 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. The filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Screening on March 20.

BLOKADA1BLOKADA – The Blockade is a unique view from within on the most massive, longest, and politically most significant student protest in Croatia, since 1971, that started in April of 2009 at the Faculty of humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. In this film, students unite to fight the commercialization of their university institutions. Screening on April 10.

edible_city_featured_picEdible City – Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that’s making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system. Screening on April 24. 

Tuesday, March 5 @ 11-12:30pm @ PAS 2030 Patrick Watson, currently completing his post-doc in the Sociology and Legal Studies Department, will give a colloquium talk entitled “Ethnography: History, Myths, Theory and Practice.”

Conferences

The Fraser Institute is hosting a free student seminar in Toronto to discuss critical issues in business, economics and public policy with leading experts. It is taking place on Saturday, March 2 from 9am to 5pm at the Best Western Primrose Hotel. Topics include Idle No More, fiscal crisis in Ontario, the price of gas, the gap between the rich and poor in Canada and the benefits of eating local. For more details and registration, take a look at the event on the Fraser Institute event webpage.

April 12-13 Calvary Pentacostal Assembly and World Vision are hosting a conference in Cambridge entitled “Inspire Justice.” This conference is directed at anyone with an interest in pursuing Biblical justice. Keynote speakers will include Tony Campolo, professor emeritus Eastern University, Shane Claiborne, founder of the Simple Way, and Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada.

WPIRG is welcoming individuals, groups, and organizations to submit proposals for workshops, presentations, panel discussions, art installations, and performance pieces for their upcoming conference “(En)gendering Resistance: Exploring the Possibilities of Gender, Resistance and Militancy.” The conference will take place from April 19th-21st and follow the theme is intended to encompass reflections on the lived experience of gender, the gendering of activism, and strategies for fostering vibrant resistance movements. Please submit proposals, including a 1-page description and facilitator bio to spi@wpirg.org by March 13th, 2013 at 9am.

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